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Madonna distressed by stalker, court hears

Image caption Madonna said the incident was 'extremely unsettling'

Madonna has told a court of how she was left "alarmed and distressed" after a man broke into her London home.

In a statement, the singer said she feared for her children's safety when Grzegorz Matlok, 30, managed to get into her house in March.

A judge ordered the Polish national to be detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital, as he posed a serious risk to the singer.

He is also banned from going within 100 metres of any of Madonna's properties.

Mr Matlok broke into the singer's house after smashing a window and using a rope and scaffolding to enter the property through a first floor window.

He was found to have rifled through Madonna's bedclothes before stealing a can of Red Bull from the kitchen, where he was discovered by film director Nathan Rissman.

A map with a large "M" scrawled over Madonna's home and a bag containing a safety knife, nail scissors, a coach ticket from Poland and Matlok's passport were found in a bag outside the property.

Mr Matlock, who travelled to England from Poland three days prior to the incident, later told police that the singer had given him permission to stay at the property.

A year previously, he had sneaked into the Wiltshire estate Madonna used to share with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie and was caught putting on his clothes.

'Extremely unsettling'

In her statement, Madonna said: "I do not know the defendant, I've not had any form of relationship with the defendant nor have I had any form of contact by phone or by email, or by any other way, with the defendant.

"In particular I've never given the defendant permission to enter the premises or any of my other premises.

"It is extremely unsettling to know that, despite the extensive security I have, he has been able to break into two of my residential properties.

"I'm worried about my children's safety as well as the safety of my staff."

The court heard that Mr Matlok suffered from "delusions that Madonna loved him" but, according to consultant psychiatrist Dr Nadji Kahtan, his schizophrenia could be controlled by medication.

In making her ruling at Southwark Crown Court, judge Deborah Taylor told Mr Matlok: "It is the view of the doctors' that if you fail to take medication you pose a risk to Madonna Ciccone of real harm."

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